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8 Good Reasons To Get Moving...

How many hours per day do you spend sitting?

Nowadays too many people spend too much time sitting.

"Research has linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome — a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels."
Mayo Clinic:

The human body is like a machine, it needs to be active.

Here are 8 good reasons to get moving:


1  You'll feel happier... Study after study has demonstrated the positive effect on mental health.

People who exercise regularly report fewer symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress.


2  Your ticker (heart) will be healthier... Our hearts are muscles and they need to be exercised.


3  You'll hurt less... Regular exercise helps reduce joint pains such as knee pain, backaches, and hip pains. Just be careful not to over-stress your joints, e.g., if running hurts, then just walk at a quick pace.


4  You'll be smarter... really?... yup!... studies indicated improved math and reading scores in schools that include physical activity. Older adults show improved memory.


5  You'll live longer... Ten minutes a day lowers mortality rates in people over 50 by a factor of 5, i.e., five times less likely to die early.


6  You'll sleep better... A study of 2500 men and women found that 150 minutes of exercise per week provided a 65% improvement in sleep quality and they felt less sleepy during the day.


7  You'll have more energy... I joined a gym, worked out 4 days a week and thought that I would collapse on the floor when I got home... Nope... I was actually energized.


8  You'll get fewer colds... The average couch potato gets 2 or 3 colds a year, but those who exercise have a stronger immune system and are more resistant to viruses that cause a cold or the flu.

BONUS:  In the last few years many office workers and others who sit to do their work have used 'stand-up desks/workstations' and the majority of the users report benefits from standing rather than sitting.


Do you exercise?

What kind of exercise do you do?

How often and for how long? 

Have you noticed any of the benefits listed above?

Mar 26, 2018 2:54 PM
Comments · 15

Due to spine problems, neither I can sit or stand for a long time. As Marcin said neither of the two are good. Constant moving and a combination of standing and sitting is optimal.

I usually do some work-out in the mornings, usually for a quarter of an hour.

March 26, 2018

That's a great topic!

I am one of those who work about 45-60 hours a week, mainly in a sitting position. Ten years ago I was working even more and not exercising at all, so I began to experience spine and knee problems.

I've started to make long walks since 2013. I usually walk 2000-2500km per year. I try do do one 21-km-long walk a week when I have enough time to do it (I need 3-4 hours in one piece). Unfortunately I was able to do only 9 such walks since the beginning of 2018. Besides I try do do a lot of shorter walks (3-7 km) whenever I have an hour or so. My longest walk so far was about 45 km.

And now the benefits:
I feel definitely happier than before. I have no lower back pains (almost). One of my knees hurts only when there is high humidity combined with low temperature. My brain seems to work better (when I don't forget to give it at least 7 h of sleep). I feel stronger. I get cold rarely, and this unpleasant state usually goes away in a few days without the need of medication.

Thanks for the link to those stand-up desks. Unfortunately I think that standing position isn't much healthier than the sitting one. Standing still for long hours may cause spine problems (again) and problems with the leg veins. The legs should move to avoid this kind of problems. So maybe a combination of these desks with treadmills would be the solution?

March 26, 2018
I am not even thirty but I was feeling back and shoulder pain and had to take massages frequently. At the turn of the year I decided that enough is enough and started doing some yoga. Pains are gone, mind is better and my sleep improved significantly.... which certainly makes one happier :D

I can also see some slight toning and nailing some asanas shouldn't feel as satisfying as it does (but it does).

I also like jogging, walking, zumba (extra fun) and I may join the gym to try a healthier living... still, did I hear something about cake????

March 26, 2018

Wow... great comments from all of you... italki members are the best...

Mi Sha... You are welcome 'for an the interesting stuff'.
"stuff" is a general, uncountabale noun, so no plural, so no "one stuff or a or an stuff".
You raised a very important point... rest and sleep.
When we're 18 and 25 we can sleep for two hours in the back of a truck, driving on a bumpy road, and when we wake up, we feel fine.
But, after the age of 30 (or so) we need 7 or 8 hours of good sleep... You are soooooo right?  :) 

Chizuko... I'm glad to hear that you try to do yoga every day (each day) (not everyday). I also recommend stretching every morning (I always think of dogs and cats and how they stretch. So if they do it, I should do it too).
Now, you cannot blame me for interrupting your sleep. I'm sure my discussions are a little bit interesting, but they are certainly not exciting enough to keep anyone from sleeping :)

About sleeping - going to bed every night at the same time and waking up every morning at the same is very beneficial to your health.

Marcin... Thank you for your excellent accounting of your experience exercising. I cannot believe how far you walk sometimes. I think someday you're going to go for a walk and two days later I will see you walking through my Canadian city :)

It is true that standing for prolonged periods of time can be injurious to one's back and their legs, probably due to the lack of movement. This leads to is a common occupational disorder, especially for ladies who work as cashiers in grocery stores.

So, a bit of standing and a bit of sitting seems to be a reasonable approach.

March 26, 2018

@ Nazanin

I will not ask you not to eat cake, but simply to share it!

March 26, 2018
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